Most educational experts know that one of the best ways to improve the academic performance of students is to get fathers and families to participate effectively in the educational and social-developmental lives of their children. DeKalb ISD is participating in the Million Father March 2013 on the first day of school, August 26.

“Education has become a matter of national security. If we cannot effectively educate our children, we cannot properly protect our country or our quality of life in America,” says Phillip Jackson, Executive Director of The Black Star Project, U.S.A. The Million Father March is a special day when fathers and other men make a commitment to their children, their families, their communities and their country with their dynamic presence at a school. Fathers are asked to make a year-long commitment by volunteering 10 hours during the coming school year at their child’s school. This is the real Fathers Day!

Businesses are asked to give fathers and other men two hours off that morning, with pay, to take their children to school. Participating men will be encouraged to volunteer at schools throughout the year. Women and other family members and friends are also encouraged to be at schools on this day in support of fathers.

Six hundred (600) cities across America are expected to encourage fathers and families to become more engaged with the education of their children.

For more information about the 2013 Million Father March, please call Stephanie Sparks at 903-667-2566 Ext 1001.